True North Theatre Announces New Tour Of Their Production Of AN ILIAD
True North Theatre, which brings award-winning, high-quality theater directly to audiences, especially to those with little access to the wealth of the arts, is proud to announce a new tour of their production, An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. True North toured this production previously in fall 2016.
True North Theatre will perform An Iliad in several non-traditional locations in February, 2019, including at the LifePath Christian Ministries Men's and Women's Shelters in York, several locations in partnership with the York Library System, at the Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle, and a special performance for the students of the Capital Area School for the Arts. These performances are free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.
"I love theatre deeply. It's changed who I am and how I see the world," says founding artistic director Brad Delzer. "But many, many people have never been to a play. There are lot of reasons why that's so, but the major reason is one of access. Going to the theatre can be expensive. It can be hard to get to. If you've never been they can be intimidating. So the easiest solution to those challenges is to go to the audience. As we remount our production of An Iliad, I am particularly excited to work with LifePath in York to present the show for the people they serve experiencing homelessness, as well as partner with the York County Library system and the Bosler Library in Carlisle to bring the show to so many libraries, who serve such a diverse cross-section of the community, particularly to the more rural parts of York county."
Performances by True North Theatre are intimate and immediate. All the lights are on, there are minimal sets, props, and costumes. The actors are on the same level as the audience, who are seated around the performance area. This 'low tech' approach allows the company to bring the performance almost anywhere, and hone in to what's essential in the story being told.
Featuring virtuosic performances and original live music, 'An Iliad' is an Obie Award-winning adaptation that condenses Homer's epic masterpiece into theater at its best: intimate, incisive, and urgent.
The war in Troy is over - and the Poet saw it all. Back from the front lines, he spins a tale of unquenchable rage, disputatious gods, and grieving widows. Telling the story of the war, like the war itself, both seduces and ravages the Poet; it emboldens, burdens, and threatens to overwhelm him. 'An Iliad' weaves humanity's unshakeable attraction to warfare with the music of the muses, capturing the contradictory conditions of glory and violence with spellbinding modernity.
This performance features Harrisburg actor Thomas Weaver as 'The Poet' with music composed and performed by Cleveland-based composer Colin Holter.